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5 Highly Effective Ways to Get Rid of Dust Mites

5 Highly Effective Ways to Get Rid of Dust  Mites

Dust mites, their body parts, and their feces are the most common household allergens.  They are the source of sneezing, wheezing, coughing, itchy and watery eyes, runny noses, stuffy noses, eczema and asthma.  Clearly, they are not welcome in any home.  Here are 5 highly effective ways to get rid of dust mites and 1 method for avoiding them completely.  We don’t recommend all of them, but they will all work. 

 

Get Rid of Their Home 

Dust mites look for places that are dark, warm, and filled with their favorite food – shed human skin cells.  This is why they love fiber surfaces.  Fibers give dust mites a hiding place and fibers collect food.  Fiber surfaces are not easily cleaned.  So, over time, even more dust mite allergen collects in fibers.  

 

Get rid of their hiding places and their home, sweet home.  That means giving a heave-ho to rugs and carpets.  Small throw rugs that can be washed weekly are acceptable.  Get rid of all other fiber-based floor coverings.  Replace them with tile, hardwood, laminate, engineered wood, vinyl, or concrete floors.  Hard surfaces can be vacuumed and mopped regularly to remove all dust, dust mite feces, and dust mites.  

 

Replace your upholstered furniture with hardwood, leather, or synthetic leathers.  These hard surfaces don’t collect allergens and they are easily wiped clean. 

 

Apply this same tactic to your window coverings.  Remove draperies and replace with hard surface blinds.  If curtains and valances remain, they must be washed weekly in 140°F degree hot water.  

 

Not able to ditch your couch and carpet?  You can apply denaturing agents. These are number 1 on the list of Top 5 Allergy Control Products.  Denaturing agents are available as sprays and powders. You’ll find them labeled “ADMS Anti-Allergen Spray”, “X-Mite Powder”, and “Anti-Allergy Solution Spray.” They work by breaking down the protein that causes the allergic reaction.  So, denaturing agents don’t get rid of allergens, but they prevent or limit the allergic reaction.  If you rent a home and can’t remove upholstered furniture or carpets, they can bring some relief and are 100% more effective than doing nothing. 

 

You’re Fired 

Literally, you could try to burn them out with napalm.  This fiery tactical weapon will incinerate almost anything you put it on.  We don’t recommend this mixture of a gelling agent and combustible petrochemicals. You could seriously hurt yourself and damage your home while killing the mites.  However, the white-hot fire would consume the dust mites and everything around them. Not a good idea.  Heat kills dust mites, but there are better ways to use heat to kill dust mites. 

 

Hot Water Washing 

You can get rid of dust mites in fiber surfaces by washing in hot water.  Really, really hot water.  The water must be at least 140°F to kill the mites.  Wash your sheets, pillowcases, blankets, comforters, rugs, curtains and towels at least every 7 days in super-hot water to kill the dust mites.  

 

Water this hot will damage your fabrics and fade colors.  If you hot water wash your sheets, be sure to buy durable cotton or cotton blend sheets that can stand up to constant hot water washing. 

 

De-Mite Laundry Additive is an alternative to hot water washing.  Add a small amount of this product to safely launder away dust mites and their allergens if you wash with cold or warm water.  

 

Nuke ‘Em 

A small thermonuclear device would destroy the dust mites, their feces, and the associated allergens.  Of course, it would render your home uninhabitable (as if anything would be left of your home) and the neighbors and local authorities would be none too pleased.  This is assuming you can find the uranium or plutonium required to construct your device.  We don’t recommend this as a way to evict dust mites from your home.  We do recommend less violent and more eco-friendly methods such as vacuuming and dusting. 

 

Frequent Vacuuming and Dusting 

Far less harmful to mankind and the environment is the dust rag and vacuum cleaner.  These are preferred to nuclear devices for removing dust mites. 

 

Dust with damp cloths and always start at the top of the room and work down.  In other words, dust the items up high before you dust items lower.  Do not dust with products that leave a residue.  This actually creates and attracts dust. Personally we use old cotton teeshirts sprayed with the Allerdust dusting aide. Once we are done dusting we toss the shirt into the wash.

 

Don’t dust before going to bed.  Always wait at least 2 hours before sleeping in a room that has been dusted.  Even if you dust with damp rags, some dust will become airborne and you want to give it time to settle before you go to bed. The reason is the dust will slowly settle and you will end up breathing it in while laying in bed. 

 

If you dust with microfiber cloths, always dust in one direction; otherwise, you will continually release the dust the rag has picked up. 

 

Vacuum with a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner.  Canister models are preferred to up-right models, as they are better sealed.  Speaking of seals, select a completely sealed vacuum system so that dust and allergens don’t leak out of the unit.  Make sure the vacuum is fitted with a true HEPA filter.  Avoid bagless models.  Avoid models with washable filters.  Bagless vacuums and vacuums with washable filters only expose you to the very allergens you want to avoid; so avoid these models. 

 

Use the same rules for vacuuming as you do for dusting.  Vacuum higher items before lower items.  Don’t vacuum your bedroom within 2 hours of going to bed. 

 

Can’t Fight Em? Avoid ‘Em 

When it comes to your pillows, mattress, and boxspring it is not practical to wash these items every 7 days in hot water.  Because of their thickness, denaturing sprays and powders only have limited effectiveness.  Since it is impossible to remove dust mites and their allergens from your bed, you must put a barrier between you and the mites. 

 

Zippered, dust mite proof covers for the mattress, pillows, and boxspring will prevent you from breathing the dust mite allergens that have collected in the bed.  You simply put them on the bed and then cover them with your sheets and pillowcases.  Remove the bed linens weekly and wash in hot water while the zippered cover remains behind as your dust mite proof force field. 

 

Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers 

If removing dust mites from your home is confusing; don’t worry.  We’ve got you covered.  The Allergy Store has been helping people with allergies and asthma since 1989.  We can help you select the products you need to live a better, allergy-free life.  Just call Customer Service at 1-800-771-2246 or email us.  


Wishing you the best of health

The Allergy Store


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